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Piaget’s Path Jean Piaget (1896-1980 )

Posted by Suresh Limbachiya on 02/08/2011

Jean Piaget (1896-1980 ) was a biologist who originally studied molluscs but shifted to studying children’s cognitive process,by observing them and talking and listening to them while they worked on the exercises he set.This he did by observing his two children for 15 years.Ultimately,he was to propose a global theory of cognitive developmental stages in which individuals exhibit certain common patterns of cognition in each period of development.During the 1970s and 1980s,Piaget’s works also inspired the transformation of European and American education,including both theory and practice,leading to a more ‘child-centered ’ approach.

Piaget both yearns for, and fears, being emotionally vulnerable with others and experiencing deep emotional intimacy. Trusting others and letting himself be known in a deep way does not come easily to Jean, and sexual inhibitions may result from this. Jean Piaget is very self-protective and may be compulsively secretive. Learning to relinquish control in personal relationships, and to be completely open, is an important task for Piaget.   

Jean Piaget takes both his work and his health very seriously, but he may demand so much of his at work that he compromise his health. Jean can become a workaholic, not so much because he has lofty ambitions, but because he never feels like he has done enough. Jean Piaget is overly responsible or overly conscientious at work, so much so that he may not enjoy it at all.

Piaget can also get overly involved in self-improvement or his health, and he tends to be a bit of a hypochondriac.

Jean Piaget tends to be his own worst enemy, demanding inhuman perfection of himself and harshly criticizing or persecuting himself when he does not measure up. Perhaps circumstances or relationships in his life have been extremely difficult and demanding, reinforcing Jean’s belief that he must struggle alone. He is capable of tremendous effort and of overcoming great odds and handicaps. Through these efforts Jean Piaget develops his power and inner strength. However, Jean Piaget should not make life harder than it is. He must give himself permission to let up sometimes, and to realize that he is only human.

Now we will discuss patterns of behavior which Jean Piaget instinctively and habitually reverts to when under stress – a mostly subconscious process that he is apt to over indulge in because it is so familiar and hence easy for him. The direction Jean Piaget needs to follow in order to develop balance, greater awareness, and wholeness is also described.

Jean Piaget’s path lies in cultivating idealism and humanitarian feelings, being concerned with how Piaget’s actions impact the world at large, perhaps becoming more aware of the social implications of Piaget’s life style and personal choices or becoming active politically. Participating in organizations that support Piaget’s ideals is one way to do this. When under stress he is likely to become overly focused on himself and his own little world. Instead of “how will this benefit or hurt me?” Piaget’s focus needs to shift to “how will this affect us all?”.

Ideally, Jean Piaget needs to strike a balance between doing for himself and doing for others, by discovering how Piaget’s unique gifts can benefit others. It is in his public life and career that Jean Piaget is most likely to wrestle with these issues. The latter will impact Piaget’s reputation and standing in his community or professional circle, as well as how Jean Piaget achieves his important life goals and aspirations. The specific habits which are likely to hold Jean Piaget back, or which he is prone to overdo, especially during stressful periods, include:

Excessive thinking, rationalizing or talking, the overuse or misuse of Piaget’s intellectual abilities and the tendency to allow his energy to be dissipated in trivial activities. The tendency for self-indulgence, laziness, and over-reliance on the generosity or affection of others, as well as making love relationships, social life and superficial pleasures more important than anything else in his life.

He is very social, loves artistic events and entertainment, and has the ability to show his feelings without reservation. Jean Piaget probably found joy in learning things early in life and he keeps in close relationships with his family and other relations.

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